Master of Business Research
(CRICOS Course Code 111202M)

Program Aim

CIM Master of Business Research program aims to extend knowledge and understanding of learners in a range of theoretical and empirical research methods and will enable them to make their own research contributions by completing an independent research project. Students will undertake a significant independent research investigation resulting in a thesis that will enable them in-depth exploration of their chosen area.

CIM Master of Business Research provides students with a research degree that allows to plan, conduct and manage a substantial research project. As part of the program, students will engage in critical thinking, develop knowledge of ethical practice, and develop high level of cognitive, technical and creative skills to conceptualise, investigate and address research problems. In the Master of Business Research program, the curriculum for each student will be tailored according to their academic background. As part of the program, students will develop essential skills in research ethics and design, followed by comprehensive training in qualitative and quantitative research methods that are relevant to their specific research areas. Upon obtaining a cumulative score of 70% in all core courses, students will commence independent research in a study area of their personal interest and passion.

CIM Master of Business Research graduate will be able to:

  • Initiate, create, plan and execute a substantial piece of business research in collaboration with a supervision team;
  • Demonstrate effective communication required to interpret and transmit complex information, concepts, theories and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • Apply high level of cognitive, technical and creative skills with which to conceptualise, investigate and address research problems;
  • Justify research aims, methodologies and results, considering the ethical and social consequences;
  • Critically review a complex body of knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery in broad field of management and commerce;

Graduate research students undertaking a Master of Business Research, represent a rich talent pool - possessing the knowledge, intellectual abilities, technical capabilities and professional standards to work on and solve industry-defined problems. By bringing a researcher mindset to industry, graduate research students can contribute to innovation across all sectors of the Australian economy and society and help underpin university-industry engagement. The average salary for an employee in the Business Research, Analysis, and Advisory Services industry, according to PayScale, the salary range goes up to $117,000. As per the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the graduate research degrees are the highest-level qualifications and through research they produce a different type of graduate. Research graduates (Level 9) are described as having an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for research and scholarship and as a pathway for further learning’. Graduate research candidates develop expert knowledge and research skills, authoritative judgement, adaptability and independence during their candidature. They can make significant contributions to innovation within an industry and equally a graduate research candidate can benefit from the experience of learning from industry experts and experienced academic staff from a career development and learning perspective.

TThe Master of Business Research program is a specialised program for students who are interested in a research career. The Master of Business Research will assist students in preparing to enter the competitive job market, where the average salary for an employee in the Business Research, Analysis, and Advisory Services industry, according to PayScale, ranges up to $117,000. Successful completion of Master of Business Research also provides a pathway to a higher learning as an admission requirement for a doctoral degree. Career opportunities in Master of Business Research program are quite diverse with possible career paths as a:

  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • Technologist
  • Consultant
  • It is proposed that the Master of Business Research will have the following delivery structure:

    • 2 years full-time, or (4 years part time for domestic students), face to face learning;
    • No work-based training involved
    • Each semester will run over 12 weeks
    • 6 courses (Year 1) followed by Thesis I and II (Year 2)
    • Each course has 4 contact hours per week broken down into lecture and tutorial components (2 hours lecture + 2 hours tutorial)
    • The program is equivalent to 240 credit points comprising 6 courses of 20 credit points each and thesis of 120 credit points

    Program Progression Rules

    CIM Master of Business Research graduate will be able to:

    Course Code Course Title Credit Points
    Year 1 MGMT401 Contemporary Management & Leadership 20
    CGES401 Corporate Governance, Ethics and Sustainability 20
    MRES901 Theory and Literature Review 20
    MRES902 Quantitative Research Methods 20
    MRES903 Qualitative Research Methods 20
    MRES904 Research Design and Proposal Development 20
    Course Code Course Title Credit Points
    Year 2 MRES905 Research Project – Thesis 1 60
    MRES906 Research Project – Thesis II 60